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Morbi factory accident: Two of three trapped under debris found dead

The SDM said that an operation was still going on to rescue the third person—Soram Purabiya, a worker of the factory — believed to be trapped under the debris.

By: Express News Service | Rajkot |
Updated: February 12, 2021 7:36:04 pm
A team of National Disaster (NDRF) and Morbi fire brigade are trying to rescue a third person believed to be trapped under the debris. (Express Photo)

Two of the three persons trapped under the debris after silos holding raw material at a ceramic factory in Morbi collapsed on Thursday, were found dead on Friday even as a team of National Disaster (NDRF) and jawans of Morbi fire brigade were still trying to rescue the third person.

Sanjay Sanandiya (54) and Arvind Gami (44) were found dead under the debris at Gris Ceramic that manufactures ceramic tiles in Rangpar village on Morbi-Jetpar road near Morbi town.

“While Sanandiya was one of the partners of the factory, Gami was a technician working in the laboratory of the factory. Their bodies were recovered from the laboratory room that was damaged after one the silos collapsed,” Devendra Zala, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Morbi, told The Indian Express on Friday.

The SDM said that an operation was going on to rescue the third person—Soram Purabiya, a worker of the factory—believed to be trapped under the debris. “The reason of the accident is still not known,” Zala added.

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Police said that the incident took place between 3 pm and 4 pm on Thursday when one of the 12 silos at the factory collapsed, damaging and tilting at least six others. “The silos were near one another and each contained 60 to 70 tonnes of clay used as raw material in manufacturing ceramic tiles. Purabiya was employed to sweep the dust collecting under the silos and is still missing… An NDRF team from Rajkot and jawans of Morbi fire brigade are cutting silos and removing debris in an attempt to rescue the trapped worker,” said inspector Mulu Godhania, who is in charge of Morbi taluka police station, where a case of accidental death has been registered.

Godhania added that the rescue teams managed to access the laboratory section in the factory at around 4 am on Friday but by that time Sanadiya and Gami had died. “Navin Nakhva and Kaliben Ganava were rescued on Thursday itself. Around 200 people were at work in the factory at the time of the accident but the rest are all safe,” the inspector added.

Morbi taluka police said that Sanandiya was a resident of Morbi while Gami was a native of Jivapar village of Morbi taluka. “Prima facie, it appears that soil in the base of the silos could have caved in, leading to the collapse of the structures. Till now, we don’t see any criminal negligence on the part of the factory management,” added Godhania.

Morbi is known as the tile town of India. More than 600 factories manufacturing ceramic tiles and sanitaryware products are located in this district and neighbouring Thangadh taluka of Surendranagar district.

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